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Alex Gordon not expected to hit disabled list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon's sprained right wrist isn't expected to land him on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost told MLB.com.  Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup but served as a defensive replacement late in the game.

"I don't think we're going to have to DL him," Yost said. "It's a sprained wrist. I think he's going to go in, they're going to check it and they're going to inject it, and then, he's going to have four days [during the Detroit series] and four days [during the All-Star period], and he's going to be fine. If I put him on the DL, I'll lose him for another week."

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Ryan Braun returns from back injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies, after missing two games with a back injury. Braun had been available off the bench for Wednesday's game, so his return does not come as much of a surprise at this point. 

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Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young set for weekend series
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Mariners set their rotation for this weekend's series against the Athletics Wednesday, according to The News Tribune.

Felix Hernandez was bumped back a day to start Friday, as previously announced. Hisashi Iwakuma will follow him Saturday, and Chris Young will get one more start before the All-Star break, set for Sunday's first half closer.

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Jed Lowrie sets career mark
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie has produced a career-high five straight multi-hit games. He's gone 2 for 4 in each, raising his average to .234. In that span, Lowrie has scored five runs and driven in two.

Despite his poor average, Lowrie's 23.7 percent line-drive rate is his best since his rookie year, notes MLB.com.

"Literally everything is exactly the same, except the hits weren't falling," Lowrie said before Wednesday's game. "It still is a head-scratcher."

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Scott Kazmir deadly in the daytime
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir, who faces the Giants on Thursday afternoon, has been utterly dominant in day games. He's 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in six afternoon starts. For the season, Kazmir is 10-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 starts.

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Rangers impressed with Roman Mendez
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Rangers reliever Roman Mendez, who made his major-league debut Tuesday night with two scoreless innings against the Astros, became the third pitcher in Rangers history to throw at least two innings without allowing a hit in his debut, reports MLB.com.

"They said he was throwing strikes, getting his slider across the plate, and that's what he did [Tuesday] night -- attacked the zone," manager Ron Washington said. "Now I didn't know he threw it 97 [mph]. ... When he popped 97 last night, I asked [pitching coach] Mike [Maddux], 'He throws 97?' He said yeah."

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Michael Pineda to throw bullpen session
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who continues to deal with shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session later this week, reports MLB.com. However, Pineda is not expected to return until mid-August at the earliest, the report said.

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Danny Santana headed for rehab stint during All-Star break
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Twins rookie shortstop Danny Santana, who's on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee, likely will go on a rehab assignment during the All-Star break, reports MLB.com. The hope is Santana will return to the Twins for the homestand starting July 18.

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Joe Beimel has longest scoreless streak in AL
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Mariners lefty reliever Joe Beimel has not allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 innings, the longest active scoreless streak in the American League, reports MLB.com. He was last chaged with a run April 26.

Beimel, 37, has stranded 13 of 15 inherited runners and is 2-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 30 games.

"He's been real good. I've been very pleased. Joe has pitched in a lot of big games in his career," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think he's one of the reasons our bullpen is as good as it is. His numbers withstanding, what he brings to that bullpen is experience and gives it a calming effect down there."

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Kristopher Negron up as injury insurance
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Reds purchased the contract of infielder Kris Negron from Triple-A Louisville Thursday, to provide some insurance with various players injured.

Negron appeared in four games with the Reds in 2012, but that is his only MLB experience. The 28-year-old was hitting .269/.328/.406 at Louisville this season. 

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